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August 29th, 2016 at 8:22:11 PM permalink
My wife and I watched "Blazing Saddles" on DVD Sunday night, then read about Gene's death on Monday. Eerie coincidence. While watching that show, I looked up the other lead -- Cleavon Little as Sheriff Bart. He died much younger than Wilder did, at just 53.

I also learned from IMDB that Richard Pryor was one of the writers and had intended to play the role of Bart himself. Apparently Prior had too controversial a reputation to be considered appropriate to play the clean-cut Bart.
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August 29th, 2016 at 8:29:38 PM permalink
Damn I should know better Googled Don Knot, thinking he was still alive SIGH Checked out in 2006. Had a security guard at work was a real ass about seeing your ID Really anal. Finally I ask him if he had a Barney Fife virus. First time I ever saw him laugh
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August 31st, 2016 at 5:47:03 PM permalink
Young Frankenstein is on my top 5 all list. It is a perfect movie.

Also very fond of Blazing Saddles and WW.

He was such a gentle soul. RIP.

Mongo like candy.

Cows! Cows! Cows! Cows!

Earwig: Springtime for Hitler in Germany.

The cane, sticking in the cobblestone walk. Breathless.

Annnnnd...What KNOCKERS! Why, zank you. Dokterr.
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August 31st, 2016 at 9:20:08 PM permalink
"Put... the... candle... back..."

I own about 70 old movie posters. (In an earlier life I was the manger of several movie theatres, some of them on Hollywood Blvd. Back then we were allowed to keep the posters once we were finished showing that movie.)

Anyway, I have a movie poster in a frame above my fireplace. Now and then I change the poster inside, just to help give the living room a different "look." Yesterday I changed it back to Young Frankenstein, in honor of Gene. (I usually just change it to Young Frankenstein the week before Halloween.)

It's one of my favorite movies and the poster is well designed. (Speaking of Young Frankenstein, I met Teri Gar back in the mid 1980s, and got her autograph. She was a sweetheart.)

I was planning on watching Young Frankenstein again last night, but at the last moment decided to watch Blazing Saddles instead. It had been much longer since I had seen that movie since Young Frankenstein.

But yes, YF is also one of my all-time favorite movies.

RIP Gene.

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